What makes a leader? If I was going to throw some words out they would include: Courage. Hard work. Relationships. Sacrifice. Empathy. Self control. Vision. Responsibility. Confidence. Passion. Integrity. Excellence. Service. Commitment. Discernment. Love. Vulnerability. (I’m stopping, but the list could go on and on.)
What doesn’t make a leader? Good looks. A title. A position. A blog. A book with your name on the cover. A degree. Money. (All of this stuff is fine and can enhance your leadership, but they don’t make you a leader.)
Leadership is not for the faint at heart. It’s hard work! The art of leadership is difficult to pick up from a coach, or a seminar, or a magazine article (although I do know of a great magazine for leaders). As the great Peter Drucker once said,
Leadership is not magnetic personality — that can just as well be a glib tongue. It is not “making friends and influencing people” — that is flattery. Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to higher sights, the raising of a person’s performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations.”
Disclaimer: I don’t have a problem with blogs! (I’m writing this on a blog after all.) Beth and I both have a nice list of blogs that we follow. Blogs are great when they are thought-provoking and help you improve — in whatever area of life. My point is to get you thinking about what really makes someone a leader.